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Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 15th year in 2024. Join host Stan Friedman, President of FRM Solutions every Wednesday at 12 PM ET / 11 AM CT as he provides full disclosure on what’s going on inside franchising today and serves up discussions with weekly guests, who will talk about best practices for scaling their businesses for sustainable growth, through sensible franchising.

Franchising remains an unintentional profession. Most people don't go to school to study about how to become involved in franchising. Rather, some life event causes it to find us. Each episode of the podcast begins with a look back at how franchising found my guest of the week.
This is followed by a walk through their career up to and including the present day. It could be either a franchisor, franchisee or a supplier, that provides insights into high-level support services or top-quality products to better enable the franchise community. Each podcast will wrap with a look ahead to upcoming industry events, upcoming guests or important dates on the horizon.

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    • 4.4 • 18 Ratings

Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 15th year in 2024. Join host Stan Friedman, President of FRM Solutions every Wednesday at 12 PM ET / 11 AM CT as he provides full disclosure on what’s going on inside franchising today and serves up discussions with weekly guests, who will talk about best practices for scaling their businesses for sustainable growth, through sensible franchising.

Franchising remains an unintentional profession. Most people don't go to school to study about how to become involved in franchising. Rather, some life event causes it to find us. Each episode of the podcast begins with a look back at how franchising found my guest of the week.
This is followed by a walk through their career up to and including the present day. It could be either a franchisor, franchisee or a supplier, that provides insights into high-level support services or top-quality products to better enable the franchise community. Each podcast will wrap with a look ahead to upcoming industry events, upcoming guests or important dates on the horizon.

    Unlocking Liquidity Without Sacrificing Equity: A New Frontier in Franchising!

    Unlocking Liquidity Without Sacrificing Equity: A New Frontier in Franchising!

    In this episode, we hear from Sean Morrison, CEO of Diversified Royalty, as we delve into a groundbreaking approach to achieving liquidity for founder-led franchise concepts, without giving up any equity. This method allows qualified franchisors to monetize their current royalty base at very generous multiples of EBITDA, with no need to sell any equity, thus retaining ownership and the upside potential of future growth.

    • 32 min
    Graham Chapman: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same!

    Graham Chapman: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same!

    This week on Franchise Today, I am joined by Graham Chapman, who shares his unique journey into the franchising world, a path paved with family ties and serendipitous encounters. Discover how Graham's early experiences with 919 Marketing, a family business turned industry leader, shaped his career and set the stage for his current ventures.

    As the episode unfolds, Graham reveals some breaking news about his latest roles, including his position as CEO of Zor Forum, Visionary partner at Blue Maven, and his new coaching role at FranCoach. He discusses the importance of responsible franchising, the challenges and rewards of private equity partnerships, and the evolving landscape of the franchise world, post-COVID.

    Graham also highlights the value of mastermind groups for franchise leaders and shares exciting updates about upcoming events and initiatives. Tune in for a deep dive into the dynamics of franchising, the impact of family business transitions, and the power of strong professional relationships .  Join us for an insightful discussion that offers valuable lessons and perspectives for anyone involved in the franchising space.

    • 34 min
    Sticky Fingers Cooking School, CEO Erin Fletter: A Rising Star in Franchising!

    Sticky Fingers Cooking School, CEO Erin Fletter: A Rising Star in Franchising!

    This week I welcome Erin Fletter, the passionate founder and CEO of Sticky Fingers Cooking. Discover how Erin's humble beginnings at her kitchen table led to the creation of a thriving children's cooking school franchise. Learn about her inspiring journey, the challenges she faced, and the innovative systems she implemented to begin successfully scaling her business across the United States.

    Erin shares her experiences and insights on the importance of giving back to the community, the critical role of technology in managing operations, and the unique international recipes that set Sticky Fingers Cooking apart. Get inspired by Erin's dedication to empowering women and minorities through franchising, and her commitment to building a supportive and inclusive business environment.

    Don't miss this insightful conversation that highlights the core values of franchising, the power of mentorship, and the impact of community-driven business models. Erin's passion and perseverance have earned our Rising Star for Q2, 2024.  StickyFingersCookingSchool.

    • 34 min
    Donatos CEO, Tom Krouse: It's About the People, the Pizza, and a Whole Lot More!

    Donatos CEO, Tom Krouse: It's About the People, the Pizza, and a Whole Lot More!

    In this episode of Franchise Today, I sit down with Tom Krause, CEO of Donato's Pizza, for a compelling conversation about the storied history and exciting future of the beloved pizza brand.

    Tom shares his unique journey into the franchising world, starting with his early days at McDonalds and Wendy's and eventually leading him to Donato's. He discusses the transformative milestones that have shaped his career and the company, including McDonald's acquisition and subsequent buy-back of Donato's, the challenges and triumphs during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the strategic partnership with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers that has enabled national expansion.

    You will also hear about Tom's personal milestones, such as his marriage to the founder's daughter, Jane Grote Abell, and their combined efforts in fostering a strong company culture and commitment to community service through the Donato's Foundation.

    As Tom prepares to retire, he introduces his successor, Kevin King, and shares his optimistic vision for the future of Donato's and the pizza industry at large. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in franchising, business growth, and the power of strong leadership and culture.

    • 32 min
    Tim Murphy, CEO of Boomers Parks: Turning Lemons into Lemonade!

    Tim Murphy, CEO of Boomers Parks: Turning Lemons into Lemonade!

    This week I sit down with Tim Murphy, a company turnaround specialist, with a storied career in the restaurant, entertainment and franchising worlds. Tim shares his journey from working at Denny's Corporate to becoming a mentee of the late Applebee's International Founder and CEO, Abe Gustin Jr.  Now, Tim has taken the helm at Boomers Parks a rising chain of Family Entertainment Centers. Learn about Tim's strategies for revitalizing struggling companies, the importance of core values, and the innovative steps he's taking to bring Boomers Parks into the franchising world.

    Tim also discusses the significance of taking care of both team members and guests, the challenges faced during COVID-19, and the exciting future of Boomers Parks. No matter your current point on the franchise compass, Tim's insights provide valuable lessons on leadership, resilience, and the power of a strong company culture.

    • 43 min
    Keith Gerson: From Hippie Rocker, to Franchise Rock Star. 50 + Years in the Biz!

    Keith Gerson: From Hippie Rocker, to Franchise Rock Star. 50 + Years in the Biz!

    Welcome to another exciting episode of Franchise Today. This week,I welcome Keith Gerson, a trusted friend, respected peer, and an erstwhile frenemy. Keith delves into his early days in franchising, starting from his hippie rock-and-roll days to his first serious job responding to an ad in the Portland Oregonian. He recounts his journey from being a multi-unit supervisor at McDonald's to significant roles in Jack in the Box and Mrs. Fields Cookies, sharing invaluable lessons on systems, processes, and leadership.

    The conversation highlights Keith's strategic moves during the Great Recession, emphasizing the importance of doubling down on marketing when others pulled back. Keith shares his experience working for private equity and his transition to FranConnect, where he honed his skills in scaling franchise businesses.

    As the discussion progresses, Keith introduces his latest venture, Gerson Advisory Services, aimed at helping franchisors sell more franchises, drive top-line revenues, improve operational performance, and increase franchisee engagement. He emphasizes the importance of personal branding and the unique value his extensive experience brings to the table.

    This episode is a treasure trove of insights for anyone involved in the franchising world, illustrating the importance of continuous learning, strategic decision-making, and authentic leadership. Tune in to learn from one of the industry's most seasoned professionals.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Newtimes11 ,

Great Host and Info

Stan Friedman and Paul Segreto are great hosts. The information shared very valuable if you're an aspiring entrepreneur like myself. The only problem is the audio is not clear. It sounds like there are telephone conversations which are fine, but I'd like to recommend using online calling like Skype for better audio. And if you sit in a small office the audio will improve. I tried podcasting and found that Audacity was great software to cut out background noise, lay audio tracks, editing etc. Otherwise, keep up the good work. I will be joining you one day as a fellow entrepreneur. (Avoid the crabs in a basket)!

jcart! ,

Great Host and amazing audience

I loved getting to know Stan Friedman and being on his podcast. The most amazing thing happened, a top franchisee candidate reached out after listening to our podcast and engaged in conversations with us about franchising Pvolve. They came in today and were awarded multiple locations. The candidate heard about our franchise concept for the first time thru Franchise Today podcast with Stan Friedman. Incredible.

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